Definition: This entry gives the percent of children under five considered to be underweight. Underweight means weight-for-age is approximately 2 kg below for standard at age one, 3 kg below standard for ages two and three, and 4 kg below standard for ages four and five. This statistic is an indicator of the nutritional status of a community. Children who suffer from growth retardation as a result of poor diets and/or recurrent infections tend to have a greater risk of suffering illness and death.
Source: CIA World Factbook - Unless otherwise noted, information in this page is accurate as of January 1, 2014See also: Children under the age of 5 years underweight map
Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
WHO - 9/11/2013 8:43:34 AM
Globally, the number of deaths of children under 5 years of age fell from 12.7 million in 1990 to 6.3 million in 2013. In developing countries, the percentage of underweight ... the world met the United Nations Millennium Development Goals target on ...
Helping India Combat Persistently High Rates of Malnutrition
The World Bank - 5/13/2013 12:47:17 PM
Although India has seen strong economic growth over the past 20 years, malnutrition in children under five years of age continues to be among the ... for improving nutritional outcomes. World Bank Support The World Bank’s $106 million Integrated Child ...
Iraq Sanctions Kill Children, U.N. Reports
New York Times - 11/30/1995 11:53:08 PM
UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 30— As many as 576,000 Iraqi children may have died since the end of the Persian Gulf war because of economic sanctions imposed by the Security Council, according to two scientists who surveyed the country ... under 10 years of age ...
India's hunger 'shame': 3,000 children die every day, despite economic growth
NBCNews World - 2/16/2012 6:48:33 AM
A government-supported survey last month said 42 percent of children under five are underweight - almost double that of sub-Saharan Africa - compared to 43 percent five years ago ... has also catapulted the country onto the world stage, boosting its ...
16 shocking facts about global hunger on World Food Day
Irish Examiner - 10/16/2015 11:15:44 AM
5. Poor nutrition causes 45% of all deaths of children under the age of five. 6. Around 3.1 million children ... both undernourishment and the numbers of children being underweight in the last 25 years. 8. There are wide differences across regions.
India’s Malnutrition Shame
The Indian Express - 9/16/2015 9:31:08 PM
The RSoC data also assumes significance as the world adopts the Sustainable Development ... the internationally agreed targets on stunting and wasting in children under five years of age. The RSoC was conducted by the ministry of women and child ...
Children worst hit in poverty-stricken India
Rediff India Abroad - 8/8/2013 5:09:10 PM
India is home to one third of the world's poor ... one in three malnourished children worldwide are found in India. It also reveals other startling truths. While 42 per cent of children under five years of age are underweight, 58 per cent of children ...
What is undernutrition?
UNICEF - 5/3/2006 11:55:05 PM
Poor feeding of infants and young children ... for underweight prevalence are based on the most recent data available to UNICEF for years between 1996 and 2005 from 110 countries, covering 98 per cent of the developing world’s under-five population.
World hunger falls to under 800 million, eradication is next goal
fao.org - 5/27/2015 6:21:50 PM
27 May 2015, Rome - The number of hungry people in the world has dropped to 795 million ... has dropped from 14.7 percent to 5.5 percent since 1990, while the share of underweight children (below 5 years of age) also declined sharply.
Food insecurity is a reality for millions of South Africans living in informal settlements
THE CONVERSATION - 10/12/2015 12:21:55 AM
Our research found that the levels of food security remains significantly high in the country ... underweight children and infants, with just over 24% recorded between 2010 and 2012. Its child mortality rate is also high. 41 children under the age of five ...
England's lost children
Al JAZEERA - 12/30/2015 10:58:22 AM
Eddie was five years ... diagnosis in a country with only one specialist FASD clinic, however, wouldn't prove so straight-forward. When it eventually came, some years later, Sharon and Paul were already caring for three more children with FASD - siblings ...
India is on course to miss most of the UN’s Millenium Development Goals by 2015
Quartz - 7/16/2014 11:59:37 PM
But the country is likely to fail when it comes to achieving the second target: extreme hunger. India is supposed to reduce the percentage of underweight children below 3 years of age ... deaths of children under the age of 5 in the world in 2012, with ...
What is the millennium development goal on poverty and hunger all about?
The Guardian - 2/19/2015 4:53:27 AM
Hunger is measured by the country average of how many calories each person has access to every day, as well as the prevalence of underweight children younger than five ... for most of the world’s gains over the past 25 years. East Asia’s poverty ...
How famine affects children in Dodoma
IPP Media - 1/9/2016 6:14:30 AM
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the stunting prevalence in the region was 56 percent, with an estimated number of stunted children under five years old at 30 per cent. Maternal under malnutrition and underweight rates were also extremely ...
Home fires: The world's most lethal pollution
The Independent - 1/22/2011 11:56:34 PM
It aims, over the next nine years, to put 100 million clean cooking stoves into homes in the developing world. The WHO ranks the problem ... In Africa, 500,000 children under the age of five die from pneumonia attributable to indoor air pollution ...